A delightful ditty of a book.

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ALPHABET FAMILY BAND

An extended family makes beautiful music together with a wide array of instruments.

“Auntie Bangs Congas / Daddy Enjoys Flute” reads the first two pages, setting a pattern in which each family member is introduced playing their instrument of choice as family dog Ramone provides a bit of action. Jones’ acrostic verses cleverly work through the alphabet, even though it is bit of a stretch to imagine that very young “Junior Knows Lute.” The alphabet ends with “You,” who is a sundress-wearing tyke with bouncy pigtails who “Zigs, zags and zooms” in dance and song. The final double-page spread repeats the alphabet and lists several more instruments (from accordion to zither) that could have easily been included in the preceding pages. The art looks to be done in soft-toned watercolors; it is lively, and Jones smartly uses white or muted backgrounds on her detailed spreads. The multiracial family members all have complexions that range from dark brown to deep tan with varied hair textures; they sport Hawaiian shirts and floral prints as they perform in the tropical, beach setting. A note on the back cover mentions that the type in the book is Open Dyslexic, which eases reading for those with dyslexia.

A delightful ditty of a book. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-936669-59-2

Page Count: 14

Publisher: blue manatee press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 10, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer.

PEPPA'S GIANT PUMPKIN

From the Peppa Pig series

Peppa hopes to join her classmates in a Halloween pumpkin competition in this adaptation of a story from the popular British television program Peppa Pig.

With the help of Granny and Grandpa Pig, Peppa turns her giant pumpkin, which is the size of a compact car, into a jack-o’-lantern. The trio is flummoxed when it comes time to transport the pumpkin to the competition, so they call on Miss Rabbit and her helicopter to airlift the pumpkin to the festivities as Peppa and her grandparents ride inside. Peppa arrives just in time for the contest and wins the prize for best flying pumpkin. The scenes look as if they are pulled directly from the television show, right down to the rectangular framing of some of the scenes. While the story is literally nothing new, the text is serviceable, describing the action in two to three sentences per page. The pumpkin-shaped book and orange foil cover will likely attract youngsters, whether they are Peppa fans or not.

This TV rerun in board-book form has nothing new to offer. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: July 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-33922-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an...

I AM A BIG BROTHER

A little boy exults in his new role as big brother.

Rhyming text describes the arrival of a new baby and all of the big brother’s rewarding new duties. He gets to help with feedings, diaper changes, playtime, bathtime, and naptime. Though the rhyming couplets can sometimes feel a bit forced and awkward, the sentiment is sweet, as the focus here never veers from the excitement and love a little boy feels for his tiny new sibling. The charming, uncluttered illustrations convincingly depict the growing bond between this fair-skinned, rosy-cheeked, smiling pair of boys. In the final pages, the parents, heretofore kept mostly out of view, are pictured holding the children. The accompanying text reads: “Mommy, Daddy, baby, me. / We love each other—a family!” In companion volume I Am a Big Sister, the little boy is replaced with a little girl with bows in her hair. Some of the colors and patterns in the illustrations are slightly altered, but it is essentially the same title.

A good choice for caregivers looking for a positive, uncomplicated introduction to a new baby that focuses on everything an older sibling can do to help. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-68886-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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